Discussion in 'China' started by Broccoli, Jun 13, 2013.
Chinese aerospace renaissance underway? - The DEW Line
Chinese aerospace is going great guns, but one major snag is the engines. They are not quite there yet with quality and metallurgy
Sadly, that is true. But with all the money and manpower they invest in, I believe they will be there.
Renaissance means "re-birth."
How legit is the title-phrase "Chinese aerospace renaissance?" It suggests that China actually ever had an aerospace industry, which went dormant, and now is rising again. In reality, China never really had any aerospace industry. It has one today, and it is on the rise.
There is no renaissance.
Hongdu, Chengdu, Shengyang, Xian, etc and more are all aerospace institutes in China that have been designing and mass producing airframes from the 60's 70's and 80's. True many of their designs and products were license productions or joint ventures with the Soviets, but they were still being produced en mass with their entire supply lines in China with indegenization of airframes gradually implemented over the decades..
What you thought they just woke up in the 2000's and started designing J20's and J31's? It all had humble beginnings in the 60's with programmes like Q5's, J5's J6's and J7's...
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